Fabianski out to seize chance

Arsenal keeper hoping to shine against Tottenham

Fabianski: Determined

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Lukasz Fabianski is determined to shine in the Carling Cup as he looks to become Arsenal's No.1.

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The goalkeeping position at Emirates Stadium has been the subject of discussion in recent times and Arsene Wenger was interested in signing Mark Schwarzer during the transfer window.

A move failed to materialise and Manuel Almunia has started the season as Wenger's first choice, with the Spaniard earning praise for his performances and attitude in recent weeks.

Fabianski has not given up hope of re-establishing himself though, having had opportunities in the past to make the jersey his own.

The 25-year-old Pole is set to start against Tottenham in midweek and hopes to win over the critics by proving he is worthy of an extended run in the side.

"My target is to challenge for a place in the first team. I am going to try to use every chance to be the number one keeper," he told Arsenal TV Online.

"The Tottenham game in the Carling Cup is the earliest one to play for me, and I just want to show my best, to show the boss I am able to play as the first goalkeeper."


Fabianski maintains that the speculation regarding a move for another keeper did not affect him during the summer.

"We do not have to talk about the transfer window. If you are at Arsenal, there are always going to be plenty of talk about who is coming. It is massive club," he said.

"I was always focused on doing my job well, working really hard and I did not care about the speculation."

Looking ahead to the clash with Tottenham, Fabianski added: "I always treat every game in the same way, so there is really no big difference from me in preparations, but of course I can understand for the supporters it is a massive game.

"It will be a very exciting match to play in, but I am going to treat it as another chance to prove myself."